The members of Quire Cleveland are highly-trained musicians, collectively representing nearly 500 years of choral experience. In addition to being soloists, music directors, and educators at many of the major churches, synagogues, and schools in northeast Ohio, they have sung together in historically-informed ensembles, such as the Early Music Singers at Case Western Reserve University and Apollo’s Singers of Apollo’s Fire. Founding Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin chooses programs that are appealing and accessible, showcasing the timeless beauty of the music and the glorious choral sound.
Tenor Evan Bescan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, along with a Methodology Diploma from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. He sings with the Cathedral Choir at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and is currently a member of Cantores Cleveland and Trinity Chamber Singers. He has also performed with Opera Columbus and the Kecskeméti Fesztival Korous. Evan is currently a full-time elementary/middle school music teacher at Stockyard Community School in Cleveland.
Dana Clearwater received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Berea, Ohio, studying with Joanne Uniatowski. At the Boston Conservatory, she studied composition for two years with world-renowned composer Larry Bell. Dana’s solo performances include Mozart’s Impresario (Madame Silverklang), Handel’s Messiah, Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning, Haydn’s Small Organ Mass and Creation, Charpentier’s Midnight Mass for French Carols, Bach’s Magnificat in D, and Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies from the Southwest. Dana was Music Director and soloist for the Berea First Church of Christ Scientist, and sang with early music ensemble Cantores Cleveland and the Trinity Chamber Singers.
Ian Craneis a high school music teacher and performer. He teaches choir and band at Holy Name High School in Parma, and previously spent five years on faculty at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, as instructor of bagpipes. He has performed with many local groups, including Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Carolers, and the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University and his master’s in conducting from Kent State University. He resides in Lakewood, with his wife, Tricia, and children, Phoebe and Alexander.
Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin was born in London, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario there. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University where he specialized in the performance practice of early music. He came to Case Western Reserve in 1978 to direct the nationally recognized historical performance program there. Duffin has made a name for himself as a scholar in a wide range of repertoires, publishing articles on music from the 13th to the 18th centuries. His edition of DuFay chansons won the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for work of benefit to both scholars and performers, and his edition of Josquin motets was published in 1998 by Oxford University Press.
Other “vocal” publications include the award winning Shakespeare’s Songbook (WW Norton, 2004), a study of all the songs from Shakespeare’s plays, and an edition of motets from the Jacobean period from A-R Editions. Duffin’s love of vocal ensemble singing has a familial background, since his grandfather, William Nelson, was a professional countertenor in London, England, and was soloist for Harold Darke and later Herbert Murrill, and his mother conducted her church choir, making him a third-generation choral conductor. Duffin has sung with Apollo’s Fire since its inception in 1992. He also directs the Early Music Singers at Case.
Donna Fagerhaug holds a Master of Arts degree in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary and a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory at Capital University, both in Columbus, Ohio. Locally, she sings with Apollo’s Singers and Cantores Cleveland, and is the soprano soloist at Lakewood Congregational Church. Donna resides in Rocky River with her husband and three children.
Anthony Gault is a native of Philadelphia, where he began his musical training as a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale. He continued his studies at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, where he studied Vocal Music. Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from Temple University, and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami. He has sung with Apollo’s Fire, Eakins Vocal Consort, and the Master Chorale of South Florida. He currently serves as the Upper and Middle School Music Teacher at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, OH.